The Vaccine Controversy Vaccines have been around for years and still there is much controversy over the safety of them and if parents should have the right to choose if they have their child vaccinated. Parents and even some professionals say that the vaccines are not worth the risk. On the other hand, there is plenty of doctors and other professionals who say vaccines are very necessary and safe. Still with all the controversy over the safety of vaccines, the number of children protected from diseases and death outweigh the risk of the vaccine. Professionals, as parents of children, against the HPV vaccine believe that the vaccine is more risky and dangerous for children than the actual disease.
Because vaccines are highly controversial, it is important to understand how they work and to then weigh the benefits versus the risks. People receive vaccinations or refuse to get vaccinations without the understanding of what vaccines are or how they work. “A vaccine is a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through
Many people may think that vaccination is a bad thing, that instead of preventing it causes illness, that is not natural. Natural or not, there are many reasons as to why we should vaccinate us and the younger generation. Most of the time children don’t like vaccination because it hurt, but is the responsibility of a parent to seek the wellbeing of his or her child. Vaccination it’s a preventive measure of various diseases. Unfortunately, things like the anti-vaccination movement, the misinformation on the Internet, and the believe that vaccination causes more damage than is worth, have led our society to think that it’s right not to vaccinate.
Yet, with all the success immunizations have had on improved health conditions they continue to be a controversial issue as many Americans still refuse them. State-mandated policies require certain childhood immunization to be completed prior to entry into school. Ethical debate has occurred over whether states have this right to mandate these vaccinations or if families should have the freedom to choose based on religious and philosophical conflicts in beliefs. Though regulations regarding vaccinations may violate one 's autonomy, the government believes they are just in requiring them in order to protect the greatest number of people (History of Vaccines, 2018). In recent years the rate of refusal has been on the rise so this paper will discuss the pros and cons of mandated vaccinations as well as related ethical issues.
Though many vaccines have triggered skepticism and even complete avoidance, most notably the Vaccine-Autism debate, the resistance to the HPV vaccine goes beyond that of other vaccines**. When questioned about their mistrust, parents have cited the young age at which children are vaccinated and moral concerns***. However, it is very important that the vaccine is administered to children who have not be exposed to the virus for it to be most effective and provide the greatest protection against HPV**. The moral concerns of getting the vaccine is stems from the thought pre-marital sex is immoral and parents would like for their children to wait for marriage*. Even so, some 46.8% of American high schoolers have reported having sex, with 5.6% reportedly having intercourse before the age of 13**.
Hence, that medicating children is not the best choice there are other options like changing diets and have behavioral therapy (Sanford 1). Children should not be allowed to take prescribed medications due to how it impacts their mental state, body, and relationships with others. There is one reliable research that has been conducted to show how drugs like Ritalin affects a child in their early years (Shirley 1). With all this in mind, should the world’s children be
This is an example of when the scientific community comes together to reach a consensus that something is clearly wrong with certain data. The disagreement was that vaccines were causing autism among horrible disease in children. This was immediately disagreed with by most all of the scientific community with many researchers showing their own data to disprove that which said vaccines were causing harm. This being the consensus of the scientific community that vaccines are beneficial for people and prevent illness while not causing them. In this case robust knowledge created through a massive consensus by the scientific community in an attempt to prevent people from not vaccinating their children out of fear of this one study.
Modern medicine provides people with the ability to protect themselves from the world’s most fatal diseases. Merely a century ago, it was not uncommon for a child to die as a result of diseases such as, polio, pertussis, and tuberculosis. Today it is highly unlikely for a person to contract these diseases, let alone die from them. However, refusal of vaccinations has been increasing throughout the years. This is due to individual’s unfounded fears and imagines consequences associated with the idea of purposely inserting a disease into one’s body.
Even though some parents are concerned over the safety of vaccines, children who go to public schools should not be granted exemptions because vaccines are necessary to prevent outbreaks, children who do not receive vaccines are at risk of disease, and medically compromised children rely on vaccines to prevent disease. Vaccines are able to prevent disease in a single child, but their usefulness to society lies in their ability to prevent outbreaks. Vaccines prevent disease through the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity is the idea that a disease will have a harder time spreading if the majority of the population is unable to contract it (Martinez). For example, if more than 90 percent of people are vaccinated against measles, an outbreak is unlikely to happen even if a person in the community is infected (Oster).
Euthanasia is a topic that is often controversial because of the morality, ethics, and religion. The biggest and simplest reason why people are against Euthanasia is because it’s taking away a human life with the assistance of a physician or doctor. Because of that belief, it should not be acceptable. Other times, the beneficial aspects of it could be good reasons why Euthanasia should be allowed. This goes against many religions and their righteous beliefs.
Similar reductions were estimated to occur in influenza-related mortality and economic costs. Why Some Parents Are Against It A number of parents fear the government forcing them to vaccinate their children. These parents are anti-vaccine for a variety of reasons. Parents built their arguments against immunization on the strength of the naturally acquired immune system. Childhood diseases were not perceived as a threat but as part of the natural way to reinforce the body.
Vaccinations have been promoted since 1781, vaccinations are injected for Americans to maintain a healthy life and not become ill due to disease caused from measles, mumps, polio and several other diseases. However, there are those that do not agree with getting their children vaccinated due to religious beliefs and there are some people believe vaccinations can cause birth defects. Although, those are their beliefs; however there are those that enter our nation without being vaccinated and it is ultimately putting our children at risk for contracting various diseases, for example the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014. The United States have been promoting vaccines since 1781, when Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister, encouraged smallpox vaccination. In 1796 an English physician and scientist named Edward Jenner created the first smallpox vaccine he called it the cowpox vaccination he then used it on an eight-year-old boy.
Vaccination should be required for all children enter school or daycare facilities because the risk of exposures is way higher than the side effects of a vaccine. Not only does it protects a community but prevent the return of a vaccine preventable disease, such as polio and measles. The people who are against vaccinating their child need to be educated more about how vaccines can protect their child lives and others. When a parent refuses due to philosophical reasons they must attend a course of the risk of not vaccinating their child. A parent should be required to do so every year that they refuse to
Many people have been brainwashed to think that the only method to keep their children safe and healthy is to get them vaccinated at a hospital. But what they do not know is that most of those dangerous diseases have already been gone for a very long time. And the pharmaceutical companies that are telling them to get their children vaccinated are simply lying to them in order to keep them coming back with the fear that their children will get sick if they do not get their vaccinations. Which leads me to say that parents should have the choice to decide whether or not their children get vaccinations. The pharmaceutical companies like the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring that